Romans, Lesson 16: Living in Christian Hope

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In this life, we will experience suffering, for we live in a fallen world.  “In Christ,” His suffering is ours—even if we are not suffering for being Christians.  If we are in Him, we have what He gives us, which includes being glorified with Him on the Last Day.  We know how the story ends—and […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s

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This is our pastor’s article for the September issue of our newsletter.   We are defective copies of imperfect copies of flawed copies.  Humanity’s fall into sin introduced, not only death but also physical decay and disease.  We admit as much every Sunday in our Confession of Sin: “We are by nature sinful” (LSB 151, […]

Luke 13:22-30: Are YOU Saved?

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Convinced of being correct, with themselves as judge of right and wrong, Jewish men readied themselves for the fight.  Against whom were they fighting?  Other Jews.  Those from the School of Hillel, such as Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul, argued that every Jew would receive salvation.  Not so taught Shammai, the other leading […]

Why go to Church?

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This lesson topic stems from the idea that if God is a loving God, then why do we “have” to come to church? Like last week’s lesson on “God’s rest” for us from the book of Hebrews (4:1), we also look in the book of Hebrews to understand why God tells us not to neglect […]

Romans 10:5-17: When were you saved?

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If you lose the basics, it’s hard to move beyond that. For if the basics aren’t there, when you move to something more advanced, your weakness in the basics will always undermine what you are trying to do. Take reading the Bible. One of the basics is to know who the writer is (or who […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 18: Free Will

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AC XVIII: Freedom of the Human Will Our churches teach that a person has some freedom to choose civil righteousness and to do things subject to reason. However, it does not have the power to produce the righteousness of God or spiritual righteousness without the Holy Spirit. For the “unbeliever doesn’t accept what comes from […]

Romans 13:11-14: The Time when Time was Fulfilled

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Before the people who became of age in the 1960s got the name “Baby Boomers,” some called them the “Now Generation.”  Back then, that generation was young–but it was more than that.  They also wanted to change the world!  The Who sang “My Generation” and Bob Dylan crooned, “The times they are a changing.”  The […]

The Sinner’s Prayer

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This is our pastor’s next article for the local paper, The Stone County Gazette. As someone brought up as a Southern Baptist, a recent debate taking place within that church body captured my attention.  Recently, much discussion has take place on what many call the “sinner’s prayer.”  For those of you unfamiliar with such a […]